A little excitement to send the people home happy in preseason!
Marc Denis stopped 35 of 38 faced for the win. Brad Richards led the way with assists in triplicate. Goals came from Andreas Karlsson, Jason Ward, Kyle Wanvig, and Mathieu Darche. Filip Kuba, Shane O'Brien, and Mike Lundin added individual helpers.
Darche looks like the big winner on the night getting 21:46 of ice time, the game winning goal, registering 7 shots, and having a +1 rating. And 5 hits too? This after a scrimmage hat trick yesterday? Mr. Darche, you sir are making an impact.
Bryce Lampman and Mike Lundin also checking in with well over 20 minutes of look-see a piece. Both were even.
Kyle Wanvig checked in with 16:07 of ice time and a +1 rating with 4 hits and a penalty shot goal, possibly keeping his bubble from bursting and running Karl Stewart to the state of Virginia.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ PEI Rocket 4
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Game Notes: The MAINEiacs fell to 1-2 after giving up four unanswered goals, including an empty netter, in a 4-1 loss to Prince Edward Island. Ward is still looking for his first point of the season.
The WHL gets underway tomorrow night with Kootenay @ Edmonton. WHL Lightning prospects begin their season Friday night with Mitch Fadden and Lethbridge hosting Medicine Hat.
The Canadian Hockey League today announced the pre-season CHL Mosaik MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for the 2007-08 season. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey Leagueâ€™s Top 10 are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. Dane Crowley's Everett Silvertips are No.4. The London Knights are No.1.
Victoria Grizzlies 2 @ Cowichan Valley Capitals 3 (OT)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Game Notes: Justin Courtnall registered the primary assist on Victoriaâ€™s game tying goal in the 13th minute of the 3rd period, but the Grizzlies fell in overtime to Cowichan Valley 3-2. Courtnall has one goal and one assist in three games so far this season for the 0-1-1-1 Grizzlies.
It is well known Justin is the son of former NHLer Geoff, and nephew of Russ Courtnall. The BCHL is evidentially popular for relatives of former NHLers as scoring the game winner for Cowichan Valley last night was Bryce Reddick, son of former NHL goaltender Pokey Reddick. Cowichan Valley's number-1 goaltender, who did not play last night, is Matt Ferraro, son of former NHLer and ESPN analyst Ray "Chicken Parm" Ferraro. Matt Ferraro is 3-0 on the year so far.
Team White defeated Team Black today by a final count of 3-0 on the back of a Mathieu Darche hat trick in the final day of camp scrimmages. According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib, two of Darche's goal were of the "soft" variety, given up by Johan Holmqvist. Brad Richards, Matt Smaby, Brad Lukowich, Chris Gratton and Kyle Wanvig each had assists.
Karri Ramo was a perfect today between the pipes and unofficially takes the camp statistical title among goaltenders with a sparkling 1.08 GAA and .967 save percentage, followed closely by Denis.
Erlendsson also reports a minor foot injury to forward Jan Hlavac and a potentially bad tailbone injury to enforcer Andre Roy which could possibly open up a spot for someone like Karl Stewart if it is serious.
Lines have been announced for tomorrow's exhibition game against Dallas:
According to TSN.ca, former Lightning goaltender Sean Burke has retired.
Yahoo! Sports is reporting former Bolt Jassen Cullimore has been invited to the Red Wings' training camp. Cullimore and Nolan Pratt were rumored to be a considerations for the Lightning's No.6/7 defenseman spots before Tampa Bay decided they'd let younger players battle it out. There remains/remained a possibility that Pratt or Cullimore could be signed late in camp if none of the youngsters impressed enough to earn a spot.
Also, Jay Feaster's first draft pick as Lightning GM, Adam Henrich, is camping with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Mike Lundin arrived at Lightning training camp last week and did his best not to be star-struck at the amount of star power assembled in Tampa Bay's locker room.
Following a four-year career at the University of Maine where he posted 12 goals and 58 points in 159 games, the 2004 fourth-round draft pick enters his first year as a professional trying to find his place within the organizational roster.
Judging from his first few days of camp, his stock might be higher than previously thought.
To read the rest of the feature, see the Tampa Tribune.
For the first time this year in Lightning camp there was a winning side at scrimmages as Team White defeated Team Black 2-1. Team Black's goal came from Vaclav Prospal on a strong individual effort whule Team White's goals came from Chris Gratton off assists from Matt Smaby and Brad Lukowich, and from Jason Ward off assists from Brad Richards and Michel Ouellet.
In related news, Erik Erlendsson of the Trib reports Head Coach John Tortorella is planning to make his first cuts after Saturday's preseason game against the Caps. Tortorella reportedly plans on shaving the roster down by 7 or 8 players.
Meanwhile, in Chesapeake, Va, Norfolk Admirals camp kicked off today with physical testing mimicking the grueling conditioning drills of the Lightning's camp. The Lightning's prospects started today with the 3x8 lap drill and will undertake the difficult challenge of the 45 lap marathon that is the 15x3 drill tomorrow. Admirals scrimmages will begin Wednesday.
Powell River Kings 3 @ Victoria Grizzlies 3 (9.15.07)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 1-0-1, 2 PIM
Game Notes: Justin Courtnall, son of former NHL player Geoff Courtnall and nephew of former NHLer Russ Courtnall, scored his first goal of the year mid-way through the third period to lift the Victoria Grizzlies to a 3-3 tie with Powell River ... The BCHL uses ties and overtime losses in the standings ... Courtnall was whistled for interference late in the third period, but the Grizzlies were able to kill off the penalty ... Courtnall scored just five goals in 53 games last season with Burnaby (BCHL). He has one goal in two games so far this season for the 0-1-1-0 Grizzlies.
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 (9.16.07)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Game Notes: The MAINEiacs dropped their first game of the year, blowing a 3-1 second period lead to the Titan. A-B scored three times in just under two minutes in the second period to make that two goal deficit into a one goal lead. The Titan added an empty netter with nine seconds left ... Ward has not registered a point in two games this year and is looking for his first QMJHL goal.